Game 50; 29-15-6
BOSTON - After allowing first-period goals of both the shorthanded and power play varieties, the special teams of the Los Angeles Kings certainly didn't get off to the start they were hoping for. Instead, the hometown Bruins got off on the right foot thanks to goals by Brad Marchand and Torey Krug, leading 2-0 after one period. But the Kings didn't give in.
After taking an interference penalty 29 seconds into the second, defenseman Willie Mitchell redeemed himself, scoring his first of the year past Chad Johnson to put Los Angeles on the board. The goal came at 4:09 and was assisted by Mike Richards. Despite not scoring again, the Kings finished the second down but just a goal - not bad considering they only mustered four shots in the frame.
In the third, the Kings came out determined to tie the game and soon enough, they did.
While on a 4-on-3 man-advantage, Los Angeles was pressing and Drew Doughty fed Jeff Carter for a perfect one-timer that beat Johnson to tie the game. The goal was Carter's team-leading 19th at 8:35 with Mike Richards getting the second assist. The tally was also Carter's third in as many games and extended his point streak to four games. But the lead was very short-lived.
Just 18 seconds later, Brad Marchand regained the B's lead with a snap shot over Jonathan Quick.
While they certainly made a solid effort, the Kings just could not tie the game again as the Bruins held on for the 3-2 win, splitting the season series at a game apiece.
Overall, a resilient effort by the Kings certainly cannot go unnoticed. With that said, their slow start certainly wasn't promising and giving the Bruins the lead again so soon after tying really seemed to take the wind out of their sails.
It was a good effort by the Kings but not a great one. However, there's no time to dwell as the silver-and-black are right back at it tomorrow where the travel to Columbus to take on the red-hot Blue Jackets,